It seems like only yesterday that the Ducks were brand new as a team. Now they are celebrating their 20th anniversary.
The Ducks celebrated by choosing defenseman Shea Theodore in the first round of the 2013 entry draft. Theodore also got the honor of revealing the 20th anniversary logo patch on the shoulder of his jersey.
Not a particularly deep draft, the Ducks had the #26 pick and used it on the British Columbian native who played for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL last season.
“Shea is a great skater and can really move the puck,” said GM Bob Murray. “The way the game is played now, that is really important. You need players like that. We are really excited.”
Last season Theodore score 19 goals and 50 points and ranked eighth among all WHL defensemen in scoring, and second among team leaders in assists and third in points. At 6'2" and 178 lbs., the 17 year old will still be filling out his frame.
Theodore won gold with Team Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and registered five assists (0-5=5) en route to gold at the 2013 Under-18 World Championship. He also won a gold medal with Team British Columbia at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.
Scouting on Theodore was "Decent size, skates pretty well and rushes the puck well. Probably tries to do too much right now, but Seattle's not a very good team. Definitely a gambler, but I don't have a problem with that. That's coachable."
Another scout described him as "Smooth as silk. He's a really nice player. He can lay down a pass just as good as anyone in the league, always on the tape. He's really heady and really smart, and he actually runs their power play. I like everything about him. Good size, good movement.”
Theodore was happy at the prospect of being in Anaheim.
"I had a pretty good feeling I was going to go in that range, from what my agent had told me," said Theodore in a media conference call after his selection. "I had really good talks with Anaheim yesterday. They gave me a pretty good feeling. I was a little jittery when they walked up to the stage, and they ended up picking me, so I’m very excited right now."
The Ducks also have picks in the second round (#45), third round (#87), fifth round (#147) and sixth round (#177).